"My God, we were so wrong..."It's been hours since director Ridley Scott's eagerly awaited sci-fi juggernaut and
The familiar story of a group of scientists who venture to a deserted planet to find it swarming with extraterrestrials with ulterior motives gets a major facelift with the addition of
Oh, Prometheus, how much do we love thee? Let us count the ways:
2) Michael Fassbender. We saw him strip down to his skivvies and less in Shame, but the immensely talented star donned Dennis the Menace-styled hair and a mechanical presence so harrowing that it stays with you long after he slinks away from the camera. His smile is even ominous. Fassbender, affectionately called "Fassy" by those of us who
3) Edge of your seat glory. That's an understatement. Picture wicked special effects along the lines of something so frightening that makes you want to scream, but no sound will come out. We're talking wet-your-pants awesomeness that will keep you breathless and on the edge of your seat. It's not just the already chilling life forms that seem like they've gotten even more pissed off since the last Alien movie, it's the suffocating tension between the protagonists and one set of unfamiliar beings that you can't quite place, but who seem to have the drop on us all. Quite a pressure cooker.
4) The return of Guy Pearce the ninja, and Idris Elba the superhero.Guy Pearce is that guy. You know, that guy who always shows up in movies unannounced, but who only by the time he's left the scene do you realize that you've been hit with something hard and don't know by whom. Yes, that guy. As the centuries-old head honcho Peter Weyland, Pearce is all decked out in geriatric makeup and hardly recognizable as the Weyland Corporation tycoon. If he hadn't already before, his performance in Prometheus will convince you that the man really can play any role. Then there's Idris Elba, whose star is rising so high in Hollywood, we won't even be able to see him after a while. He plays the smooth-talking Captain Janek, driver of the ship, who rivals Meredith's commanding demeanor, but knows when to crack a smile or add some comic relief every once in a while. On board this ship, that's very welcome.
5) You think you know, but you have no idea. If you go into Prometheus thinking it's a prequel, or that it's somehow connected to Ripley and her team in Alien, you'll be in for the shock of your life. Prometheus is mysteriously singular, while it also revisits similar elements to the earlier franchise, except that it digs deeper into the origins of alien discovery as it pertains to the future of the human race with astounding results.It's the perfect mesh of old and new theses from Greek mythology and beyond. You'll leave the theater not even able to process what you've just seen. That's in part because it's a rather deep film for its genre, with a provocative plot (thanks to an impeccable screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof) that doesn't cheat or make fun of its audience. Sure, it is filled with notable frets and thrills. But it also has heart, a cringeworthy musical score, and themes that you'd likely to find in a theological Tom Hanks drama, not an alien-slashing flick. That's because Prometheus asks us questions, rather than trying to flood us with all the answers.